Field Diaries: from KickOff Solutions July 2022

On field from KickOff Solutions Solve Ninja Bootcamp

  • 10 solve ninjas
  • 60+ citizens more touched through
  • 58 hours of problem solving and
  • 100+ changemaking actions recorded
  • like Shilpi a 19 year old athlete and leader from Jharkhand, who gave a whole new meaning to breaking stereotypes by fixing 5 potholes in her local area. This act of entrepreneurial and hands on solving demonstrated highly activated citizenship and ownership of the local environment. Remarkably so when you consider the fact that she was mocked by the local for having the audacity to take on problems that local government should solve.

Mr. Anand Devsharma, Director at Kickoff Solutions a sports for development nonprofit working to nurture changemaker leaders among the tribal communities. In this video he shares his reflections of the solve ninja experience provided by Poonam to the

Stories of change

Kajal and Khadija discovered waste related issue in their houses. They investigated and found around 1kg of mix waste is generated everyday from their house which leads to almost 700 kgs of waste every year. They have started segregating the waste, feeding it to the animals and composting the wet waste. Kajal also wrote a letter to the Municipal Corporation to raise a complaint against the garbage issues in her village

Gothai, Nancy and Sanju discovered the issue of water wastage. They went hands on to solve these issues. Gothai helped her friend by fixing the tap. Nancy fixed the running tap by help of a cloth and Sanju is using simple methods at home to reuse water Together they are able to potentially save 1500 litres of water in a year from getting wasted.

Leadership In Action!

Gothainayagi from Auroville discovered that there are multiple problems related to garbage, water waste, overuse of plastics, and food waste that are affecting her community She took more than 45 problem solving actions to solve these issues. Gothai said “This is my first time that I am creating such a huge impact and I feel happy when my friends and family say that they are proud of me and they also want to help me”. Gothai participated in a plantation and garbage cleaning drive in Auroville on June 5th.

Currently, Gothai is promoting recycling and reducing plastic waste within her community and motivating other 13 children and youth to do the same. In total, she has spent more than 20 hours solving problems!

Two young girls, Sanju and Anjona took the challenge to reduce the plastic usage in their village. They went hands-on and collected plastic waste and upcycled it to create plant holders. In total, they planted 23 plants together. Anjona also inspired 5 other children in her village to upcycle plastic waste in their homes!

It was discovered by Kajal Kumari from Jharkhand that over 30% of her village’s people suffer from frequent sickness. The reason, according to her investigation, is due to improper waste management and unsafe drinking water. There are more than 40 houses in her village without access to safe drinking water, and the groundwater level has dropped below normal. The drainage system is poor due to 20-30 kgs of waste getting accumulated in the drains every month. Due to this, the water gets polluted too. To solve this issue, she collected data, did video interviews with villagers, and wrote a letter to the Municipal Corporation. She also inspired 20+ school students to reuse and reduce plastic and paper waste in their houses.

Nisha from Rajasthan discovered the waste management problem in her village due to the usage of plastic and no segregation system of waste. To solve this issue she started a campaign to reduce and reuse plastic waste with 14 other kids and youth in her village. She conducted a session for them and spread awareness on how to segregate waste. With this activity, they were able to stop 12kgs of waste from going into the landfill potentially

Shilpi, Khadija and Anandita are working on Streetlight, Drainage and Potholes issues. They are in the process of solving these problems and currently doing a detailed investigation through survey by asking questions to their villagers, local clubs and government authorities.

All of this awesomeness mentored by Poonam Chakraborty (Jan 2022 - ongoing)
Fixer of blackspots, singer of beautiful Lata Mangeshkar songs and a senior mentor at Reap Benefit on the mission to activate local problem solvers in all localities of India

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Gothainayagi from Tamil Nadu



The 17-year-old Solve Ninja Gothainayagi discovered that her community faces multiple issues related to garbage, water wastage, plastic overuse, and food waste. In order to solve these issues, she took more than 60 problem-solving actions. Her efforts potentially prevented 600 kg of waste from going to landfills and saved 500 liters of water in a year.
On World Environment Day, Gothai also participated in a plantation and garbage cleaning drive in Auroville.
The primary purpose of Gothai’s initiative is to promote recycling and reduce plastic waste within her community and motivate other 13 youth and children to do the same. She has spent more than 20 hours solving problems in total!

Nancy from Tamil Nadu


Nancy discovered water wastage in her village in Tamil Nadu. In order to resolve these issues, she took a hands-on approach. It was possible for her to save around 250 liters of water from getting wasted every year by resolving the running faucet issue.

Also, in order to prevent people from falling ill due to lung and skin diseases, she started taking small steps at home to convert waste from going into landfills. In a year, she potentially saved 73 kg from being disposed of in landfills!

Kajal Kumari from Jharkhand




Kajal Kumari from Jharkhand discovered that over 30% of the people in her village suffer from frequent sickness. Her investigation indicates that improper waste management and unsafe drinking water are to blame. In her village, wells have dried up and unclean water tanks are making kids sick, and waste collected from drains is affecting the water supply.
In order to resolve this issue, she collected data, took problem-solving actions at her house, interviewed villagers about their concerns, and wrote a letter to the Municipal Corporation and the Times of India. Additionally, she inspired 50+ school students to reuse and reduce plastic and paper waste at home. Their efforts prevented 300 kg of plastic from ending up in landfills in a year! The story and courage of Kajal motivate us to fix small issues and make a big difference.

Khadija from Orissa



Khadija from Odisha did waste audit and discovered 6 kgs of mix waste is generated every week from their houses. She started segregating the waste, feeding it to the animals, creating decorative items and composting the wet waste. Through this she is able to potentially divert 330 kgs of waste from going in to the landfill.
She also investigated and found dysfunctional streetlights being a major concern in her neighborhood. Due to this girls feel unsafe going out in the evening and people have reported multiples issues of theft and accidents. Despite being a new member in her locality she is doing a signature campaign to take the issue to the local government.

Nisha from Rajasthan




Nisha, a 26 year old Solve Ninja from Rajasthan has discovered multiple issues in her neighbourhood that was affecting the environment. She investigated and found that she can save almost 15 litres of water from getting wasted in a month by simply reusing the water at home. She started reusing the water for mopping, cleaning and watering plants instead of throwing it. With this she is able to potentially save 180 litres of water in a year.
Nisha, during an investigation in 12 houses in her village discovered a waste management problem related to plastics and a lack of a segregation system. This issue motivated her to launch a campaign as well as go hands-on with 14 other village kids and youth to reduce and reuse plastic waste. Together they did a blackspot fixing on Environment Day. She conducted 3 sessions for them and spread awareness on how to segregate waste. With this activity, they were able to potentially stop 250 kgs of waste from being disposed into the landfill in a year.

Shilpi from Jharkhand



Shilpi from Jharkhand was unsure she could resolve civic issues in her village at first. Her neighborhood has some dangerous potholes, so she decided to fix them. Potholes have caused problems for several neighbors, such as mosquito breeding in stagnant water, vehicle damage, frequent accidents, and discomfort.
Upon investigating the problem, she found that cheap materials were used for the road’s construction. In spite of her villagers mocking her, she fixed 10 potholes with the help of her friends and sister. Afterward, she ran a campaign to collect signatures from the villagers and informed the village Sarpanch.





In her research, Shilpi discovered that her villagers have a poor waste management system. In order to understand the type of waste generated, she conducted waste audits. During her investigation, she found that her villagers do not know about segregating waste and that there are no proper dustbins in her village.
She organized awareness sessions, cleaned the trash spot, separated waste, and recycled the waste with the help of 15 other youth. Additionally, they wrote to the Municipal Corporation requesting help with waste management. As a result of her continued efforts, she was able to potentially prevent 180 kg of waste from going to the landfill in a year.

Anjona from Assam





Anjona and 14 other kids want their village in Assam to be plastic-free. Throughout her childhood, Anjona had encountered problems related to the overuse of plastic in her village. Having learned about the design thinking process, she went ahead and discovered there is a lack of awareness about waste management.
Despite finding it challenging to convince people to reduce plastic usage, particularly elders, she has been able to educate 14 kids in her village about it. As a result of her example, her family members have also been inspired to reduce and reuse plastic materials. With the help of all 14 kids, she reused single-use plastic and planted more than 20 plants using the plastic items as plant holders. Consequently, they were able to prevent 150 kg of plastic from being disposed of in landfills within one year.

Anandita from Orissa
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Anandita from Orissa undertook the DISS design thinking process on the issue of plastic and paper waste and understood the necessity of recycling or reduction as a key part of waste management and importance of being eco-friendly. She came up with a fantastic idea of creating plant pots, storage organiser and decorative items from plastic and paper items. With this she is able to potentially divert 180 kgs of waste from going to landfill.


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Anandita, a young Solve Ninja from Odisha found there are open drains without covers in her locality, causing people to face many problems like mosquito breeding, and frequent accidents, especially at night or during the rainy season. Through her investigation, she learned about the pain points and found that her neighbors have complained to local leaders multiple times, but the problem has not been resolved.
She filed a complaint at the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation with her father’s support. Additionally, she submitted a complaint to the State Pollution Control Board, Odisha.

Sanju from Uttar Pradesh


A 20 year old Solve Ninja, Sanju Kushwaha from Uttar Pradesh, took the challenge to reduce the plastic usage in her locality. She discovered the garbage problem in her street, persistent since 2-3 years.
She went hands-on and collected more than 35 plastic items from the garbage dump and upcycled it to create plant holders and further planting more than 25 plants.
In a span of 4 weeks a total of 10 kgs of dry waste was recycled into plant holders, and decorative items for home.
This is her small step towards bringing a change in her society.

Sapna From Delhi

Sapna, who was raised in Delhi, observed that her neighbours were unaware of waste management issues and did not efficiently manage it. During her waste audits, she analyzed the types of waste generated.
As part of her efforts to bring awareness to this issue, she involved some young people in her locality. Currently, she reduces waste in her household through hands-on actions, segregation, and composting. This small step could save 200 kgs of waste from being disposed of in landfills.